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My macro gear setup

Mon Apr 14, 2014, 12:38 PM
I usually get asked what's that "flash modifier made with an orange juice package"  I use for my macro photography. Well I must recognise that in fact it is not an orange juice package but an Iced Tea package, sorry for that ^^;. What I try with it is to extend the range of my flash, to be able to light up anything right in front of my lens and from above. I also added a piece of foam that works as a diffuser, although it didn't worked very fine. Lately I found a bag of some kind of cloth that really diffuses the light of the flash.
I took the idea from this tutorial by Jules1983 Self-Made Flash Extender by Jules1983. You can also find an interesting setup in melvynyeo's blog here: melvyn-yeo.blogspot.com.es/p/a…, just scroll down a bit.
All you have to do is to cut any kind of package like the one in the images below, the hole at the bottom is to insert the flash, so it must bit the exact size of it not to loose any light from there. The trick is that this kind of packages interior are made of aluminum, what transmit light very well.

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This is the basic setup of the flash modifier

After that it will be a good idea to find some kind of "translucent foam" or some kind of cloth, wich would let pass most of the light but wich won't create hard shadows.

Dsc0124 by MarcosRodriguez Dsc0125 by MarcosRodriguez
This is the modifier mounted on the camera with and without the "diffuser"

I hope this to be helpful to someone who wants to try macro photography, and please forgive the crappy pictures.







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:iconarkiniano:
Arkiniano Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Wow, ni McGiver oye! ;) pero en serio, me ha resultado muy interesante. Saludos!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
JEJE!! :D Me alegra ser de ayuda! ;)
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: Thanks for sharing!!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: Thanks to you too!! :D
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NT-Malas Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i may have to try this! :) thanks for sharing!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure, it gives nice results! :D
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NT-Malas Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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pentaxianspentax Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it! Cheap and effective!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, you can use any kind of package you have!! :aww:
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pentaxianspentax Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed! Very good tool!
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BokehLight Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014   Photographer
Nice setup, Marcos! I need to try that on my flash, too!
Do you use Flash-TTL or manually adjust the flash power (like 1/8, 1/16)?
I just have my flash for over a week now and I'm getting the best results when adjusting manually for many subjects.
I'm just interested in techniques others use :)

btw. that 90mm macro looks AWESOME with these tubes! :wow:
How close from the lens can you focus with that 'beast' ?
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My flash is quite basic, it only has TTL mode, and two other options, full power and "minimum power", I'm not sure about the power it gives at the last position, so basically I use TTL mode always.
With the full kit of tubes and the macro extended to the maximum ( in the picture it's not ), I can get really close, not sure how many, the only problem is that since my camera is a full-frame, I get some vignetting at the corners.
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
have you considered a ring light for the macro lens?  it offers a modeling light for focusing.

eugene
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you mean those ring flashes wich can be attached to the front of the lens?
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
yes, Nikon makes one that works with the 55mm and the 105mm lens, the SB29 flash.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen some ring flashes of other brands that use leds instead of the normal flah lights, it seems they give nice results too.
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
most likely, but I have the ring light used to copy jewelry and watch details.  the light can be varied to emphasize one side over the other, but it is still a flat look.  Good edge light with a reflector is more exciting and dramatic.  Backgrounds seem more important than the lighting, and a longer lens gives you more room to work.

you seem to be doing quite well with your approach.

eugene
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Eugene. I think that with that piece of cloth I use, the light of the flash is quite well diffused so I don't get too hard shadows, but yeah, you are right, a good background is almost more important.
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